Alrighty, let’s make this quick because I totally need to run and get some groceries. Aric just dropped this one on me yesterday. No, it’s not some new technology or something to bring good to mankind, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless.
Song Exploder is a podcast where, in their words, musicians (from many genres) take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. It’s a pretty awesome idea if you’re a music junkie like me. Give it a shot!
Aric sent me an email while I was spending my last week with my fiance until she returns to the US. I finally read it a few days ago and was pleasantly surprised once again.
Hitchwiki is a site that allows for collaboratively compiled information on hitchhiking around the world. As someone who is looking to see the world, I think this is an awesome idea whether you’re traveling or embracing a nomadic lifestyle. There’s awesome information on where to hitchhike, safety tips, and guides for first-timers. It also has articles available in a number of different languages which is pretty cool. All hail Mr. Peek!
I’ve been stewing on possible startup ideas recently. Who knows if I’ll ever come up with a home run idea, but a brotha has to give a shot right?
Aric then told me about SwitchPitch, a cool concept that lets companies pitch startups instead of the other way around. This allows companies to avoid the onslaught of startups vying for their attention. These reverse-pitch meetings are also face-to-face, allowing for more personal interaction. This sounds like a pretty awesome way for companies to partner with the right people. Take a look if you’re interested and, as always, thank you, Mr. Peek!
Aric and I met briefly this Sunday and he tossed this gem my way. Hello Hubs is a community contributed project that builds internet kiosks that also act as an educational resource. Each terminal has access to 24-hour WiFi and up to four people can be seated at once. Additionally, there is a workbench for maintenance and repair of the hub.
This is an awesome idea and shows the power of cooperation. Why can’t we organize like this more often? Think of the greatness we could achieve instead of the pain we create by being adversaries. Support this endeavor!
Aric randomly sent me a link to IBM Bluemix the other day. Bluemix is a cloud-based, open-source development platform with pretty awesome services provided by IBM.
For example, do you know Wat-
Wait, before I continue there are no Sherlock Holmes jokes allowed, damn it. We’re better than that.
Ehem, do you know Watson? It’s IBM’s technology that processes information closer to humans than machines by interpreting natural language. Cool, right? Well, there are Watson services for Bluemix that lets developers build cognitive apps. That means possibilities for language identification, on-the-fly relationship extraction, and maybe even some advanced AI in your apps.
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Synopsis: HP is quietly becoming one of my favorite technology companies. The Sprout is a PC has a second touchscreen that lays flat on desk, and a camera that can scan 3D images. The image can then be exported to CAD programs and 3D printers. They even crop out the backgrounds for the item in focus.
There’s another neat trick. The camera has a projector so it can “see” and project simultaneously. This means someone can project an image and interact with it using, say, their hands. If you’re not amazed, you may be suffering from depression.